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Daniel Day Lewis Wins Third Oscar

I’m not surprised. His performance in Lincoln was both brilliant and stellar. As soon as it was announced that Lewis was going to play Lincoln, I was thinking to myself, he’s going to win another Oscar. Sure. he was probably a little over the top in Gangs of New York, but he’s turned out some […]

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It Came from the Fifties: This Island Earth

Remember those Sci-Fi Saturday afternoons as a kid? If you grew up in the 1960s, you might have had a lot of those Saturday afternoons and a steady diet of the 1950s science fiction movies which featured a trove of themes from atomic experiments gone awry to giant insects and invaders from outer space. As […]

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Field of Dreams

I love this movie. Every summer around this time I watch this movie. I like the story, the acting, the directing not to mention all the corn which makes me think about home. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I have come to enjoy this movie so much in all the years that I […]

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With Help from “Taking Chance”

One of the hardest scenes for me to write in War Remains involved a military funeral. Having never been to one, other than two repatriation ceremonies on Knight Field in the Yongsan Military Garrison, I tried to recreate the funeral as best I could from movies I had seen. However, I just couldn’t seem to capture […]

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Christine Yoo Speaks at SolBridge International Hallyu Symposium

Korean-American filmmaker Christine Yoo talked about her upcoming film Wedding Palace and Hallyu at the first SolBridge International Hallyu Symposium this past weekend at SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea. Hallyu is sometimes known as the Korean Wave which is the cultural export of Korean TV dramas and K-Pop around Asia. Ms […]

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War Remains: The Movie

This subject has come up a number of times and it has even been suggested that Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks get on board. Filmmakers it seems, are still more interested in World War II movies than Korean War movies. sadly, the war is still a “forgotten” one even in Tinseltown. I wrote War Remains […]

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Captain America can’t keep his name in South Korea

He’s Captain America in almost every country around the world. Except three. According to an Associated Press story, “Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios gave distributors around the world the option of shortening the title of “Captain America: The First Avenger” to simply “The First Avenger,” out of concern about anti-American sentiment. But the only countries […]

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Journey to the Beginning of Time

Finishing up my last essay for Invaders from Mars… and remembering one of the segments that used to be part of Garfield Goose, the serialized 1960 movie, Journey to the Beginning of Time, which was actually a 1955 Czech movie.   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2Q51CNwET0]  

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Four Friends — not as good as Forrest Gump

I first watched this movie back in 1988 when I was attending Western Illinois University and I liked it a lot. I liked the premise of this Arthur Penn film–with the turbulent 1960s as a backdrop–as four friends set on a journey through life. It is a much darker, and somewhat somber view of the […]

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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Dice

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RUe02kPWvg] Learn it. Know it. Live it. A classic scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High that I thought about this morning during a lesson about “dress codes.” One of the questions my students were asking each other was “have you ever been refused service in a restaurant or store?” One student asked me what […]

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